Authorities in Polk County have identified and arrested a suspect who shot a convenience store clerk Wednesday night following an argument.
Leonard Randolph Coleman was booked into the Polk County Jail Saturday on an attempted first-degree murder charge. The 29-year-old Winter Haven resident is also facing a weapons charge.
According to a Polk County Sheriff's Office report a customer sporting a throwback Atlanta Hawks basketball jersey entered the Superway Convenience Store in the 2400 block of Avenue G. Northwest just after 10 p.m.
The suspect told the clerk he wanted $2.00 worth of gas. He placed a handful of coins on the counter and exchanged words with the clerk.
Coleman abruptly left the store, grabbing and throwing items onto the floor before he ventured outside. Investigators say he then pointed a handgun at the employee and fired once, striking him in the shoulder.
The clerk was transported to a nearby hospital where he was treated and released.
On Thursday detectives released surveillance video of the man entering the store to the media. The suspect is shown wearing a blue Pete Maravich Hawks jersey with the number 44 on it.
Investigators identified Coleman as a suspect and located him at his residence on Saturday. He was arrested without incident. After he was read his rights the suspect made countless statements saying he was at the store and did have an altercation with the victim.
Coleman is no stranger to law enforcement. He's been arrested on five previous occasions since 2006 on a variety of charges including drug possession, carrying a concealed weapon without a proper permit, criminal mischief and battery charges.
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